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DEE-AH-DEF-UM-DUM

I GOT A GAL AND SHE IS A DAISY
SHE DRIVES THE GUYS IN THIS WORLD PLUMB CRAZY
WITH HER STICKS AND HER STONES SHE MAY BREAK ALL YOUR BONES
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANNA BOUT MY GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.

I TOOK MY GAL INTO THE BIG CITY
I BOUGHT HER RINGS AND THINGS TO MAKE HER PRETTY
WITH HER FIGHTIN AND FLIRTIN SHE DON'T CARE WHO SHE'S HURTIN
YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANNA BOUT MY LITTLE GIRL
CAUSE I'M GONNA LEAVE HER ANYWAY
WITH HER DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEE AH DEE UM DUM, DEEEE.
BACKGROUND CHORUS: SUNG IN TWO PART HARMONY BY ENTER GROUP.
VERSE: SUNG BY ONE OR TWO PERSONS FROM GROUPS TO FORM A THIRD
HARMONEZING PART.

Submitter comment:

THIS SONG WAS LEARNED BY BETSY NORTON FROM A FELLOW COUNSELOR,
WHOSE NAME SHE DOES NOT REMEMBER, AT C.Y.O. SUMMER CAMP FOR GIRLS
IN CARSONVILLE , MICHIGAN. IT HAS NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED TO THEIR
KNOWLEDGE. THE SONG HAS GANED SOME POPULARITY IN THE U-D CAMPUS
AND WAS PERFORMED BY BETSY AND A GROUP
OF GIRLS AS A CAMPUS HOOTENANNY
ON JANUARY 10, 1964.
SCORNFUL SONG CONCERNING PARTING.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): Lyrics ; MUSIC ; RHYME ; SONG ; Tune ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Serious condemnation Scorn

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THUMP-DRAG

ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO WHEN WHAT IS NOW CYO CAMP FOR GIRLS IN
CARSONVILLE WAS JUST STARTED, IT WAS A BOYS CAMP. MANY OF THE
BUILDINGS THAT ARE THERE NOW WEREN'T EVEN BUILT YET. WHAT IS NOW THE
NATURE NOOK WAS IN THE STOREROOM. A YOUNG CHEMISTRY STUDENT WAS IN
CHARGE OF NATURE. ONCE HE WAS REACHING UP TO A HIGH SHELF TO GET SOME
CHEMICALS FOR AN EXPERIMENT. THE SHELF COLLAPSED AND A BOTTLE OF ACID
SPILLED ALL OVER HIM. HE JUMPED BACK SO QUICKLY THAT HE FELL AND
BROKE HIS LEG. HE LAY ON THE FLOOR WRITHING AND SCREAMING AS THE ACID
BURNED HIS FACE. SOMEONE HEARD HIM AND RAN FOR HELP. SOON A WHOLE
GROUP OF COUNSELORS CAME. WHEN THEY SAW THE ACID BURNING THEY
GRABBED HIM AND DRAGGED HIM TO THE LAKE. EVENTUALLY THEY WERE ABLE
TO STOP THE BURNING BUT BY THIS TIME MOST OF HIS FACE HAD BEEN EATEN
AWAY BY THE ACID, HIS BROKEN LEG WAS HOPELESSLY MANGLED AND THE
UNBEARABLE PAIN HAD MADE HIS MIND SNAP. HE WAS COMMITTED TO A MENTAL
INSTITUTION BUT HE ESCAPED SOON AFTER. PEOPLE IN THE CARSONVILLE
AREA REPORTED SEEING HIM, HIS FACE A REPULSIVE BLOB, LIMPING AROUND.
CHILDREN HEARD HIM WALKING--A THUMP FOLLOWED BY THE DRAG OF HIS
USELESS LEG. ONE NIGHT HE RETURNED TO THE CAMP. HE MET UP WITH A
CAMPER AT THE BIFFY. HE LUNGED TO GRAB THE CHILD BUT TRIPPED AND
FELL, KNOCKING THE CAMPER UNCONSCIOUS. AFTER THAT THE POLICE SET OUT
DRAGNETS TO TRY AND CATCH HIM. THE CAMP REQUIRED THAT ALL CAMPERS
TAKE A BUDDY WHEREVER THEY GO. STILL THUMP-DRAG GOES TO A DIFFERENT
CAVELL, YMCA AND YWCA. EVERY SEVENTH YEAR HE RETURNS TO THIS CAMP,
THE SCENE OF HIS ACCIDENT AND SEEKS REVENGE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): SUPERNATURAL LEGEND

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Physically handicapped Deformed

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SCHLAMIEL

YOU WALK IN STEP UNTIL THE COUNT OF TEN. AT TEN YOU
STOP AND SAY: "SCHLAMIEL, SCHLAMILE, SHA HOTSENFEFER,
HOOTCHIE, COOTCHIE." WHILE SAYING THE VERSE YOU
EXTEND FIRST YOUR RIGHT HEEL, THEN YOUR LEFT HEEL
WITH YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS. BEND YOUR KNEES ON
"HOTSENFEFER" AND SWING YOUR HIPS ON "HOOTCHIE,
COOTCHIE." BEGIN WALKING AGAIN AND COUNTING TO TEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Singing Dancing Marching

Date learned: 00001970 SUMMER

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TAY TARA TOOSSAY OR

EVERYONE SITS IN A CIRCLE. EACH PERSON HAS A SHOE, STICK
OR GLASS OR REASONABLE FACSIMILE. YOU SING THIS SONG:
TAY TARA TOSSAY OR,
TAY TARA TOSSAY OR,
TARA, TOSSA, TARA TOSSAY ORIUM,
KAY OGYZUM, KAY OGYZUM,
KAY ZIGGY, ZIGGY ZOOM.
ON EVERY SYLLABLE, YOU PASS THE OBJECT TO YOUR RIGHT
AND PICK UP THE ONE PASSED TO YOU ON YOUR LEFT.
WHEN YOU GET TO "ZIGGY, ZIGGY" INSTEAD OF PASSING,
YOU TOUCH IT TO THE RIGHT, THEN TO THE LEFT AND
FINALLY PASS IT ON THE WORD "ZOOM." IF YOU BREAK THE
RHYTHM, YOU ARE OUT. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL THERE
IS ONLY THE WINNER LEFT. DONE PROPERLY, THIS TAKES
ON A RITUALISTIC EFFECT.

Submitter comment: MY SISTER LEARNED THIS AT CYO CAMP FOR GIRLS, CARSONVILLE,
MICHIGAN IN 1966.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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JOHNNY APPLESEED

JOHNNY APPLESEED WAS TO HAVE STAYED OVERNIGHT AT
THEIR FARM HOUSE. FOR LETTING HIM SLEEP THERE, HE
PLANTED AN APPLE TREE IN THEIR FRONT YARD. WHICH IS
STILL THERE TODAY.

Submitter comment: DERBY'S FARM HOUSE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN TO THEM FROM
PAST GENERATIONS. IT IS LOCATED ABOUT TWO MILES
NORTHEAST FROM CARSONVILLE, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): LEGENDARY FIGURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

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JOHNNY APPLESEED

JOHNNY APPLESEED WAS TO HAVE STAYED OVERNIGHT AT
THEIR FARM HOUSE. FOR LETTING HIM SLEEP THERE, HE
PLANTED AN APPLE TREE IN THEIR FRONT YARD. WHICH IS
STILL THERE TODAY.

Submitter comment: DERBY'S FARM HOUSE HAS BEEN HANDED DOWN TO THEM FROM
PAST GENERATIONS. IT IS LOCATED ABOUT TWO MILES
NORTHEAST FROM CARSONVILLE, MICHIGAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; CARSONVILLE

Keyword(s): LEGENDARY FIGURE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Secular hero

Date learned: 05-00-1963

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A.D.A. HANDSHAKE

YOU RHYTHMICALLY SQUEEZE SOMEONE'S HAND WHILE SHAKING IT
AND SAY "AMERICAN DAIRY ASSOCIATION, GLAD TO MEET YOU."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CYO CAMP ; CARSONVILLE

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic
SPEECH -- Body parts involved
SPEECH -- Greetings Salutations
SPEECH -- Games Riddles Jokes

Date learned: 00001970 SUMMER

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